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Cleaning Agent Identified as Culprit Behind Corrosion Crisis in Food Production


Food Manufacturing


West Midlands


Failure Investigation

Corrosion Testing

From Clean to Corroded: How a cleaning agent triggered corrosion within a food manufacturing company

Project Overview

The Challenge

The Solution

The Results

Key outcomes

Understanding of corrosion mechanisms

gave insight into two key failure mechanisms; stress corrosion cracking and a widespread chemical attack.  

Identified cause of corrosion

as the cleaning agent, containing bleach and Sodium Hydroxide, accelerating the corrosion rate. 

Recommendations for prevention

included revising the cleaning protocols, selecting different cleaning agents, to prevent future corrosion.  

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